The ‘Cars of Dreams’ Collection is the result of more than a decade of collecting by John Staluppi. Spanning a broad range of American marques and eras, the series of nearly 120 cars comprises a wide variety of American automobiles, with a strong emphasis on convertibles and performance cars. The collection ranges from a series of icons from the fifties and sixties, through a collection of Detroit muscle and pony cars, and some street rods and resto-rods, all of which have been restored, regularly exercised, and maintained by a professional staff.
“John Staluppi is a larger than life individual with an incredible eye for detail and a strong passion for performance and design. Well-known in the collector car hobby, his collection reflects a very precise collecting philosophy focused on securing only the very best’,” says Donnie Gould, RM Auctions. “We are honored to have been selected by Mr. Staluppi to present his prized collection this December. He joins an impressive list of prominent collectors that we’ve had the privilege of representing this year.”
Headlining a collection of cars from the fifties and sixties is a complete series of Chrysler letter cars from a 1955 Chrysler 300 to a 1962 Chrysler 300 H. Other fifties convertibles on offer include a ’54 Packard Caribbean, a ’57 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible, ’58, ’59, and ’60 Impalas, a number of 88s from Oldsmobile, and a pair of DeSoto Adventurers. American pony and muscle cars are well represented by everything from a 1968 Shelby GT500 KR to a Plymouth Superbird and GTX, as well as several Pontiac GTOs and big-block Chevelles. Other notable entries include a 2006 Ford Shelby GT-H Convertible, a 1950 Ford Woodie Wagon and a Ford Good Humor Ice Cream Truck.
Beyond the automobiles, the December 1 sale will also feature an assortment of collectibles, including a 32-foot portable “Country Fair” carousel, a Mortier dance organ, and a Lionel train set, joined by a selection of porcelain and neon signs, all presented within the museum in street scenes of the 1950s and 1960s. From the street lamps, parking meters and trees, a drive-in movie theater, barber shop, and gas station, the ‘Cars of Dreams’ Collection is a time capsule of Americana, all presented alongside their automotive counterparts.
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[Source: RM Auctions; photo: Ryan Merrill © 2012 courtesy RM Auctions]